When is it necessary?
Knee replacement surgery is performed in cases of deforming arthrosis that causes severe joint pain, limitation of movement in this joint, with time joint becomes deformed and may even cause shortening of leg. Final conclusion about the necessity of this surgery is given by an experienced orthopaedist, after evaluating patient’s complaints and radiologic investigations.
How joint movement is affected?
In healthy people joint surfaces are covered by a smooth cartilage that allows free movement in this joint. When osteoarthritis affects a
joint the cartilage begins to deteriorate and bone tissue is being damaged. Limitation of movement is caused by pain and degradation of joint surfaces.
In the course of surgery damaged knee joint is replaced with artificial joint.
Benefits of surgery
Surgery removes joint pain, replaced joint allows regaining movement in problematic joint. Period of rehabilitation is 6 weeks long. Patients that were forced to use crutches or walking sticks to move around don’t need them anymore after surgery is completed.
By consulting with professor you can define preferable outcomes of surgery and choose how the surgery will be performed.